2 Favourite North Coast Dog Walks
Sandy Wallis launched her Cornish boot business, Trailback after designing her perfect dog-walking boots. So who better to stomp around the local area with?
When I first met Sandy Wallis – about a year ago now – she was at the very beginning of her journey with her new business Trailback and now, none other than outdoor maven Kate Humble is wearing her boots and the editor-in-chief of InStyle has posted about them on Instagram.
Designed in Perranporth and made by artisan shoe makers in Spain, her waterproof leather boots are based on rigger boots with Vibram soles and a cool unisex look. Mine are rarely off my feet in the colder months.
And since Sandy originally created Trailbacks for dog walking, I’ve been dying to know where she and her handsome canine companion Roscoe, head for their daily rambles. Here are their favourite routes…
I love walking with the Trailback dog, Roscoe and his annoying little side kick pup Blue at Penhale Sands. It is a beautiful location, immediately adjacent to the holiday park at Perranporth. It covers a large expanse of rolling country with some deep sand dunes dotted around. This is the largest sand dune ecosystem in Cornwall and a special conservation area. I get to see some fantastic wildlife up here. I have spotted a weasel, an adder, grass snakes and buzzards, which are quite common in Cornwall. There are also some lovely and quite rare flowers up there, my favourite has to be the Southern Marsh Orchid with its beautiful dark pink flower.
You can walk up to St. Piran’s Celtic Cross, which is one of the oldest stone crosses in Cornwall. This is believed to be the landing site of St. Piran. This cross has been there for over a 1000 years, which makes it a very special place to sit and take in the beauty all around, I always have to touch the stone when I go there because I feel it connects me with the environment and what was once here. You can carry on walking from here up to the coast path and walk to the very end of Perranporth beach, where you will find a fresh water pool inside a small cave. It is a lovely walk and you can go back along the beach and then hike back up the dunes to return to Penhale sands and the Cross.
I do this walk quite regularly and it is a very special place for me. Of course another walk I like to do is Perranporth beach because it is the home of the Trailback. It’s a lovely sandy beach that does get very busy in the summer, but the further along the beach you go, the quieter it becomes and so there is always space. During the summer months, dogs have to be kept on a lead for the first section of the beach which is the busy part, however, once you reach Flat Rocks which is about 1/2 a mile along the beach, you are able to let your dogs go free. So it is a fair system. In the winter, there are no restrictions .
The beach is 3 miles long from one end to the other, on occasions I will do it all but most of the time I walk as far as Penhale, which is about 3-4 mile round trip.
Another of my favourite walks is Polly Joke, Crantock, I normally park at Cubert because you get to walk around Cubert common to get to it, which is lovely. If you walk along the common towards Polly Joke its a lovely walk as you can walk down onto the beach at Polly Joke or you can walk along the common and head towards Holywell Bay. You can get down onto this beach as well from here and then walk the cliff path at the top and head towards Polly Joke, which is a lovely little cove.
Holywell Bay is the beach that’s used a lot in the filming of Poldark, they are always filming up there. So a good walk is a combination of the two beaches. I have seen seals on the inlet next to Polly Joke beach before. You can also get to this beach by parking at the Bowgie Inn, from this end you can find the most spectacular poppy fields which are in full bloom in late spring/ early summer. I try to get here every year because it is a most beautiful sight with a red field of poppies and the blue sea behind. This is a very special place for me.
When we go out for an evening meal we need a place that allows dogs, so we love the Smugglers’ Den in Cubert. It has a beautiful thatched roof and feels like a real old fashioned pub. They do a nice selection of food and have a nice area where people can sit with their dogs.
We at Trailback love to walk and love the outdoors, we are proud to be a Cornish brand and enjoy so much our amazing and beautiful landscapes. We adore those crashing waves, cliff paths and moorlands, the purple heather and of course those stunning Cornish chimneys – things we will always appreciate and will never tire of.
Since day one, the drive for me has been to make a boot that is quality and keeps going. Something that will work hard for you and will stay with you for a long time. The more you wear it the better it looks – footwear you rely on and love.